Highland Historical Society to Present Ohio Story Radio Dramas, Apr. 12, 13

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The Highland County Historical Society is holding a special fundraiser Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 13 at 2:30 pm at the Highland House Museum when three short radio dramas from The Ohio Story will be presented.

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Featured are: “Horse Collar Pad High School” which tells the story of Edward Lee McClain from his beginning in business to his gift to Greenfield.“Ink on his Fingers” covers the career of Milton Caniff and his creations.“Bells of Hillsboro” recounts the founding of the C. S. Bell company by Charles Singleton Bell through Virginia Bell Thompson’s securing the contract to supply bells to the U. S. Navy in World War II.Mrs. Thompson played a key role in the creation of the Historical Society.

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Performers include the undiscovered talents of HCHS members, John Glaze and Kevin Keister, Southern State performers Matthew Waits and Ian Holmes, trustees Denny Kirk, Jim Rooney, Dr.Tara Beery and Bob Brown.

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Written by Strongsville native and historian, Frank Seidel, The Ohio Story aired three times a week from 1947 to 1967 in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Youngstown and Zanesville. These were short pieces about Ohio communities, events and personalities, generally 10-15 minutes in length and were used to fill air time after a 20 minute news block.The Ohio Story scripts were donated by the author’s son, Jonathan Seidel to the Ohio Genealogical Society and the scripts were digitized with the assistance of grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Admission is $5.00 per per person and reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited seating.Reservations can be made by calling the Highland House Museum at 937-393-3392.

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